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February 11, 2019

Insignificant

“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to you? I lay my hand on my mouth.” (Job 40:4)

Recently my family and I found ourselves standing outside at 11:20 p.m. looking up at the sky at the lunar eclipse called the super wolf blood moon. We gazed upon the super moon as it was turning red, and as we looked at the stars in the huge Texas sky, we could not help but talk about how small we felt in that moment. The kids were tired and we were cold, but we were humbled as we were reminded how big God is and how incredible His creation is. We found ourselves just quietly taking it in and not being sure of what to say.

In the book of Job we find Job getting a reminder about God. It caused him to utter the words above, acknowledging how insignificant and small he is in the grand scope of things. Even to the point he covered his mouth in a way of saying, “I have nothing I can say.”

The book of Job addresses suffering and challenges us to seek to understand God’s wisdom, but also to trust His wisdom. Ultimately it teaches that we can trust that God is wise and that He knows exactly what He is doing, even if we don't understand that.

God has allowed some things to happen in Job’s life, and because of that Job questions God. God then begins to speak to Job in chapter 38 and remind him of some things, and makes him consider some things about the universe. God goes into great detail about amazing things. God was demolishing the assumptions that Job had, and that we have at times. It is an assumption that we have a broad enough prospective to think we somewhat know how God should operate. Job has the response that is humble and appropriate when he basically says  he is too small to understand the complexity of what God is up to.

Question: Do you sometimes assume you think you understand how God should operate?

Challenge: Let’s remove God from any box we put Him in and trust his infinite wisdom.

Prayer: Lord, there is a lot I don’t understand. Help me to trust You and Your infinite wisdom.

Mason Randall, Chapel Leader -- Texas Rangers


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